Terrelle Pryor has been named the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders for the season finale and Pryor’s agent is not happy about the situation. He went on record to share his frustration with Allen’s decision:
“I think they’re putting him in hopes that he fails,” Stanley told CSN reporter Fallon Smith and myself. “That’s what I think coach is doing. I think they’re putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify the Matt McGloin situation. I think that’s what’s going on, I do and it’s ridiculous…”
“You have to understand the coach is putting him in, he doesn’t want him to look good. And you can write that. He doesn’t want him to look good because, if he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. (Allen) doesn’t want him to look good, he wants him to look bad. That is what is going on.”
Maybe it is a pure genius move by Allen. What happens if Pryor plays well? They can just spin it in saying that he needed that time to recover from his injury and that the rest was good for him. They can look to him as the quarterback of the future and complicate that whole quarterback situation one more time.
If Pryor sucks, then Allen was right to stick with McGloin. Either way, Allen seems to be making the smart move. It might not save his job either way though.